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#1 KyleIce45

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:55 AM

So basically I've been wondering this for a very long time now...and haven't (still) exactly found a thread online (at all on any search engine) what exactly happened to ImageLodge.net? I'm still confused as I hoped to retrieve my images from it but came to the conclusion I'd never see them again. :/


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:56 AM

I chose to close it down, for a variety of reasons. For a period of about 6 weeks or so I did have a big message up on the site urging people to download a backup of their images as after this they would be gone forever. Sorry you didn't see that.

 

The majority of good users of it were infrequent at best. Much of the frequent usage became hosting for random pornographic images. Basically I didn't want to be associated with it any more. It was never a very good image hosting site anyway, it was simpler than the likes of Imageshack, but it could never compete with today's giants like Imgur, which offers far superior image hosting to anywhere else. In addition to this, because of the type of content it had and the traffic coming from mostly third world countries, it was not economically viable for me to run. I was not able to earn any income from it which meant it was literally wasting my money away on the storage/bandwidth just so random people in third world countries could host some porn.

 

So yeah I'm afraid it's gone for good. I did keep a full backup of the site for about a month or two after I shut it down, in case something like this happened, but I've since deleted that as no one ever brought it up. You are too late I'm afraid.



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:31 PM

Ah, shame. It was good while it was up and being used in proper manners anyway. Thanks for the info, Chris. :)


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 04:58 AM

Do you still have any of the files (scripts) left from it? Or the domain name? I've been thinking about maybe making use of a script-set I wrote a long time ago that did both anonymous and account-based image hosting...and if it came to it, I can make subsystems account-level image approval and/or image reporting system. Would also be interested to hear what other issues you had that made you close it down -- because every problem can be solved with a little extra code. :)


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 05:35 PM

I doubt it'd benefit Chris in any way, so there may be little to no chance of you getting it YTE. Not to mention above, Chris did say he deleted the backups.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

Do you still have any of the files (scripts) left from it? Or the domain name? I've been thinking about maybe making use of a script-set I wrote a long time ago that did both anonymous and account-based image hosting...and if it came to it, I can make subsystems account-level image approval and/or image reporting system. Would also be interested to hear what other issues you had that made you close it down -- because every problem can be solved with a little extra code. :)

I may do somewhere, but it was written in PHP back in 2005, with some updates done a year or two after. I wasn't that great a programmer back then. Basically, it was all really old (and bad) PHP code, it would need a complete rewrite really if it were to be used again these days, no point working with the old code.

 

As for the domain name it expired recently, it's too late for me to renew now, just checked the WHOIS and it's pending reactivation so I'm not really sure what's going on with it, I don't recall seeing that status before especially when I wasn't the one renewing. If you're serious about an image hosting website I'd probably just say start fresh, with a short .com name (I also had imgvault.com but never got round to relaunching with that). Imagelodge domain wouldn't have brought you any useful traffic, you'd just have a ton of 404 errors from all the hotlinked and now broken links.






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